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2011 Best of Wedding Details

This post is part 2 of 5 posts highlighting some of my favorite images from my 2011 season. Keep updated with this blog from now until Christmas for more posts with photojournalistic highlights, gorgeous portraiture, all in honor of the best clients in the whole world – mine. As always, click on the individual images to see more from that wedding. Other posts: Best engagements, Best Wedding Parties

Details, details, details. Now, I’m not one to drink the wedding blog kool-aid and believe that details make a wedding. Sure, a wedding where the details are creative and matching will lead to photographs with more consistent aesthetic appeal, but I think it’s terrible what some wedding blogs have done to set expectations for what a wedding should be like.  It’s the love of the couple that makes the wedding, remember that!

Nevertheless, your details are personalized, and if a piece of jewelry means a lot to you, if you took time in the design of your wedding and it reflects who you are, if there is a story, then those are details worth capturing. Detail shots also allow me to push my creativity – and they make for some great spreads in the wedding album!

This is one of my favorite ring shots of the year – Malik proposed to Amy by tying her engagement ring to this rock and hiding it at the bottom of the (shallow) ocean as they went diving (see more from this intimate wedding)

It’s no secret I love color. Color, color, color. Alyson and Allan used ribbons that matched their wedding colors for their exit bubbles. And one of the guest ushers happened to wear a matching dress and shoes! (see more from this colorful Plimoth Plantation wedding)

I think most ring shots done on people’s hands don’t come across that well. However, I loved the attitudes displayed by Jen and Joel in this photo – it truly reflects Jen’s sassy attitude and Joel’s steadfastness

Felt flower bouquets, wildflower centerpieces, travel-themed escort cards, cupcakes (some of which are gluten-free), and homemade Boston cream pie in jars for guests to take home (see more from this Gibbet Hill wedding)

This high-contrast shot of the rings really shows off the brilliance of the diamonds (see more from this Seaport Hotel wedding)

Did I mention that I agonize over setting up the dress shot? I really take a lot of care photographing the dress because it represents the bride’s style. For this one, the location really, really made it even more awesome (see more from this DeCordova wedding)

Some more shoes. Gosh, I love shoes (Lisa – great pedicure!)

This bride had a beach wedding. I wrapped her foot jewelry for the beach ceremony around her fabulous Badgley Mischka shoes which she wore during the reception (see more from this Jamaica destination wedding)

In fact, if you are a shoe fanatic, check out this post I wrote last year on how to pick shoes for your engagement shoot or your wedding

Your wedding guests experience mainly the food, and it’s even cooler if you can personalize the food! For this State Room wedding, Nicole and Jonathan chose to add in British elements to reflect Jonathan’s British heritage

For Indian weddings, I just love the color in the saris and the delicate henna / mehndi on the bride’s arms (see more from this Chicago Public Library wedding)

I loved how a paisley design was worked into her escort cards and cake decor, and bright colors continued into her centerpieces and linen

This wedding favor (personalized with a sailboat – a repeating motif in the design of Jill and Than’s oceanside wedding) got backlit by candlelight

It’s not uncommon to display wedding photos from your family. However, Marisa and Evan got married on the same date as both their parents did. Now THAT is unique (see more from this New Haven Lawn Club wedding)

And for indoor weddings that go well into the late night, extra lighting design really makes things pop! (see more from this Boston Indian wedding)

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

December 19, 2011 - 8:54 am

Kathy Shang, I love these! Part of it is the details themselves (so colorful! So fun!), but a larger part is definitely your eye. BTW, I just got/re-got 10 or so posts in Google Reader–did you change your RSS feed or something?

December 19, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Jessica M Tsoi My fiance and I are looking for a photographer for our wedding in September 2012. Would you please provide me with your pricing rates for your wedding packages and what they cover? Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!

February 18, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Kate I came across your site through pintrest – absolutely beautiful photos! You’re very talented

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